Exhibition: April 8 to May 31, 2012
Closing Reception: May 17, 7 - 8pm
At the UAS +15 Gallery
Vanitas is a sculptural landscape. A decaying horizon. The individual woven prisms are constructed by wrapping hay wire around a cardboard form. The paper is then burnt away leaving only the skeletal wire frame. A process of emptying. The prisms are then left in the elements to rust and weather over weeks. Viewed from a distance, the sculpture is a single object, a body in space. Approaching the piece reveals a lesson in the complexities of closer acquaintance and a demonstration of the power of a gathering. As in the masters’ still-life paintings of centuries past, Vanitas is a consideration of the passing of time in our landscape and of our individual role in that passing time.
I am an artist born and raised in Calgary. A devotee of the city, my sculptures have always been inspired by materials and by my environment. I am interested in finding beauty in unlikely sources. My work is heavily influenced by textile and craft traditions as well as minimalist sculpture. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art + Design Sculpture class of 2011, I now continue to live and work as an artist from my home studio in Calgary.